‘U.S. to stand by Israel in the fight against Goldstone report’ 21Oct09 October 22, 2009

by Jonathan Lis  -  Haaretz -  21October 2009

Peres and Susan Rice

President Peres on Wednesday harshly condemned the Goldstone report and told the U.S. envoy to the United Nations, Susan Rice that, “It is outrageous that a respected institution like the United Nations provides a platform to spread lies and stories about Israel.”

The Goldstone report accuses Israel Defense Forces and Palestinian militants of war crimes and possible crimes against humanity during their Dec. 27-Jan. 18 conflict in the Gaza Strip.

The report also calls on the UN Security Council to refer the matter to the International Criminal Court at The Hague, which could prosecute Israeli officials for war crimes.

“The United Nations provides a stage for Ahmmadinejad, who threatens to annihilate Israel, and lets him stand judge,” continued Peres. “This is nothing short of ridiculous.”

Rice promised that the United States will continue to stand by Israel as a loyal friend in the fight against the Goldstone report.

Meanwhile, China said it would oppose discussing the Goldstone report at the United Nations Security Council, Chinese members of parliament told a delegation of visiting Israeli officials in Beijing on Wednesday.

China’s declaration came in response to comments from Kadima MK Tzachi Hanegbi, who is heading the delegation from the Knesset Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee, and who harshly criticized China for voting in favor of a resolution endorsing the Goldstone report at the UN Human Rights Council session last Friday.

The Chinese officials emphasized that the UN Human Rights Council has enough tools to examine the issue closely without the involvement of additional UN institutions.

Earlier this week, Russian officials also declared Moscow’s opposition to any discussion of the Goldstone Gaza report by the UN Security Council. This proclamation follows Russia’s vote in favor of adopting the report at the Human Rights Council in Geneva last Friday.

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